Strictly’s Graziano Di Prima receives a good luck kiss from his wife ahead of the live show where dance partner Zara McDermott is labeled a ‘candidate’ by the judges
Strictly Come Dancing’s Graziano Di Prima was spotted receiving a heartfelt kiss on the lips from his wife Giada Lini ahead of the live show on Saturday.
The professional dancer, 29, kept his hand casually in his pocket while Giada, 32, wrapped her hand around his neck and pulled him close as she locked lips with the Italian.
Graziano cut a casual figure in black sweatpants with a blue stripe down the side and a black long-sleeved top.
Giada, meanwhile, looked sensational in a white halterneck dress and heels as she held her boyfriend close.
The lovelorn sighting comes just before Graziano took the stage with his dance partner Zara McDermott, who was labeled by the judges as ‘a contender’ with ‘a lot of potential’.
Loved up: Strictly Come Dancing’s Graziano Di Prima was spotted receiving a heartfelt kiss on the lips from his wife Giada Lini ahead of Saturday’s live show
Marital bliss: The couple tied the knot in a tearful ceremony in Italy last July after the COVID-19 pandemic halted their plans
Stylish: Giada looked sensational in a white halter neck dress and heels and wore her blonde locks in a half updo while wearing a heavy makeup palette
After Anton Du Beke described Zara’s performance last week as ‘a very nice start’ but added that he wanted ‘more of everything’, the documentary maker promised in the second live show of this week to ‘let go’ and ‘not give in’. to hold’.
During rehearsals, Graziano and Zara were practicing hard, with Graziano telling the camera that the reality star was picking up the steps much faster.
Zara joked that her feet were on fire, but she wouldn’t be hard on herself.
She later revealed that she had extra pressure to impress this week as her grandparents would be watching her from the audience.
Zara described it as ‘magical’ and said: ‘I just want to capture this and make them proud’.
The pair took to the dance floor to George Ezra’s ‘Anyone For You (Tiger Lily)’ and performed the Quickstep.
After the energetic performance, Motsi Mabuse said: “I think it was your first ballroom dance and I think you went for it.
“A little more posture would help the whole situation and stability, but you’ll look more comfortable on the dance floor.”
Week Two: Graziano and his dance partner Zara McDermott took the dance floor to George Ezra’s “Anyone For You (Tiger Lily)” and performed the Quickstep
Promises: Last week, Anton Du Beke described Zara’s performance as ‘a very nice start’, but added that he wanted ‘more of everything’, so the documentary maker promised to ‘let go’ and ‘not hold back’ in the second live show of this week
Special. moments: Zara revealed she had extra pressure to impress this week as her grandparents would be watching her from the audience, describing it as ‘magical’
High praise: After their performance Anton. said he thought Zara would be a ‘candidate’ if she married all together and Craig said she had ‘lots of potential’
Things are going in the right direction: the duo received their scores: a six from Craig, Anton and Motsi and a five from Shirley
Shirley Ballas added: “Last week Cha Cha, this week Quickstep and staying very consistent.
The main judge gave constructive criticism and told Zara: ‘Work on synchronization and I’m sure you will continue to improve. It was a beautiful performance. Well done.’
Anton was the next to say: ‘Well, you move beautifully across the floor. You cover the ground fantastically. You just have to work on that top line.”
He then added that if Zara could marry anything, he thought she would be a contender.
Craig Revel Horwood was the last to voice his criticism. He said: ‘You lost your balance when you got your leg over Graziano and recovered from that, but you really have a lot of potential.’
In the Clauditorium, Zara said: ‘I feel great. I just had the best time ever. It’s the nicest thing I’ve ever said. I’m just so happy and grateful to be here. It’s just incredible.’
The star then received her scores: a six from Craig, Anton and Motsi and a five from Shirley.
Graziano married his long-term partner Giada in a tearful ceremony in his hometown last July.
The couple exchanged vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony after previously postponing their wedding plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 90-minute Catholic service took place at the Mediterranean island’s Basilica della Madonna della Catena, a historic church located in the quiet village of Castiglione di Sicilia.
A select group of 200 guests attended the ceremony, including fellow Strictly stars Nadiya Bychkova, Karim Zeroual and Chizzy Akudolu.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Sunday at 7.15pm on BBC One
Strictly 2023: Week Two Rankings
Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin – Quickstep to Puttin’ on the Ritz by Gregory Porter – 36 points out of 40
Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to One by Gloria Estefan – 32 points out of 40
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola – Foxtrot to Perfect through Fairground Attraction – 31 points out of 40
Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington – Foxtrot for You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra – 31 points out of 40
Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell – Charleston to do your thing by Basement Jaxx – 29 points out of 40
Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu – Jive to Trouble by Shampoo – 29 points out of 40
Nigel Harman and Katya Jones – Viennese waltz to Until I Found You by Stephen Sanchez – 27 points out of 40
Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk – Tango to Somebody Told Me by Maneskin – 23 points out of 40
Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima – Quickstep to Everyone For You by George Ezra – 23 points out of 40
Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – Quickstep to Walking on Sunshine by Katrina And The Waves – 22 points out of 40
Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer – Cha-cha against Rie y Llora by Celia Cruz – 21 points out of 40
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley – Foxtrot to Love Really Hurts Without You by Billy Ocean – 20 points out of 40
Nikita Kanda and Gorka Márquez – Charleston to Single Ladies by Beyoncé – 18 points out of 40
Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał – Paso Doble to Thunderstruck by AC/DC – 16 points out of 40
Les Dennis and Nancy Xu – Samba to Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation – 15 points out of 40